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Old 11-12-2010, 08:28 PM
 
Location: East Bay
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I am planning to move to Oakland next year. Probably in Feb or march. I am planning to rent an apartment. Anyway I need to know which areas of the city I need to avoid? I am a 55 year old guy with a slight handicap. I just need a general idea as to where the really bad areas are so I can avoid them.
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Old 11-12-2010, 11:35 PM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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HI,
Well its gonna depend on your budget and what you need in an apartment.
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Old 11-13-2010, 12:58 AM
 
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Bad areas: West Oakland, East Oakland east of the Coliseum, Northwest Oakland west of Telegraph.

Maybe pick out some neighborhoods that sound interesting to you and ask about them and people can give advice on them.
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Old 11-13-2010, 01:05 AM
 
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^ You just generalized the entire West Oakland. Home of 30,000 people.

West Oakland, East, North, Hills, Downtown, Central East, are all districts within Oakland. Then you have neighborhoods inside these districts. There are plenty of West Oakland neighborhoods that are beautiful, safe, fun, and walkable.
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Old 11-13-2010, 01:28 AM
 
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Avoid every place except Rockridge and Grandlakes. Every other places will be too dangerous and/or too inaccessable.
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Old 11-14-2010, 01:51 PM
 
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^ Avoid the ignorance too.
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Old 11-14-2010, 02:13 PM
 
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^ You just generalized the entire West Oakland. Home of 30,000 people.

West Oakland, East, North, Hills, Downtown, Central East, are all districts within Oakland. Then you have neighborhoods inside these districts. There are plenty of West Oakland neighborhoods that are beautiful, safe, fun, and walkable.

You have to know exactly where you are and at what time in west oakland though. While the area right next to Lowell park is decent, if you go 2 blocks down you'll be in the ACORNs. West Oakland has by far the highest concentration of projects in Oakland. MOHR 1, ACORN, Campbell Village, Cypress Village... West Oakland is not a good place for somebody who is completely unfamiliar with the area. Campbell Village and Cypress Village in particular are bad... and even in the parts of west oakland where there aren't projects like ghost town, ghost town has the highest murder rate in west oakland.
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Old 11-14-2010, 02:20 PM
 
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Default Planning to move to oakland

I am looking for a one bedroom or effecency apartment. $1000 or under. That accepts section eight vouchers. I am a 55 year old white male. With a mild handicap. (Had a stroke back in 2008.)
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Old 11-14-2010, 11:51 PM
 
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You can definitely get 1 bedrooms and studios for under $1000 in Oakland, often in decent areas, look around the Temescal and Lake Merritt areas. Places that accept Section 8 probably aren't going to be in the nicest areas but you never know.
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Old 11-15-2010, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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You are moving to just the right place. LOL

There are many options available to you in the city of Oakland. If you are able to, I would get in touch with a Social Worker who will steer you in the right direction as far as not only housing, but also health care. If you are low income, you probably will be enrolled in Alameda County Alliance, which is a very successful health care plan used by thousands of lower income households in the county. Anyway, I have posted below for you a link to the Oakland Housing Authority as well as Helpful Links to several organizations in the area.

Oakland Housing Authority(OHA)
OAKLAND HOUSING AUTHORITY

OHA Helpful Links:
Oakland Housing Authority Section 8

Good Luck and Welcome to Oakland.
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